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Dance-cardio classes

Learn a dance routine and get a workout at dance-cardio classes.

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CLASS
Cardio Hip-Hop at All About Dance
DESCRIPTION
Learn a fast-paced dance routine, then do it countless times to songs with increasingly faster tempos.
CARDIO LEVEL
5 stars
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
4 stars
MOST EMBARRASSING MOVE
In plank position, I had to lift my bent knee to the side as if I were a dog urinating on the girl next to me.
CLASSMATES
Twenty- and-thirtysomethings, mostly women, all fairly fit, many obviously with dance experience
OTHER CLASSES OFFERED
Cardio Dance, Cardio Striptease, plus straight-up dance classes—ballet, tap, jazz. —Laura Baginski

CLASS
Ballerina Bum Bootcamp Cardio at Mazi
DESCRIPTION
A mix of aerobics-y dance moves, Pilates-like stretches, excruciating ab and glute work—hence the “bum.”
CARDIO LEVEL
4 stars
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
3 stars
MOST EMBARRASSING MOVE
A series of four turns across the floor left me dizzy and disoriented.
CLASSMATES
Very fit young women who seem to enjoy sit-ups
OTHER CLASSES OFFERED
Zumba, Skinny Jeans (sculpting), Cardio Hip-Hop.—Laura Baginski

CLASS
Belly Dance Cardio at World Dance and Fitness
DESCRIPTION
Learn belly-dancing moves, muscle-isolation techniques and body conditioning, then combine all for a cardio workout.
CARDIO LEVEL
3 stars
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
3 stars
MOST EMBARRASSING MOVE
The instructor encouraged us to “bloop” our bellies—let it all hang out. The jiggle is desirable in belly dancing, what!
CLASSMATES
Twenty- and thirtysomething women looking to try something different and new (to them)
OTHER CLASSES OFFERED
Dance Conditioning, BellyHoop!, Intro and Intermediate Belly Dance, Performance Level and Choreography, ITS Tribal Fusion, World Dance Tribal Fusion, Ballet, Dance Conditioning. —Martha Williams

CLASS
Be Moved at Lou Conte Dance Studio
DESCRIPTION
A new dance/music genre every week. Stretch to the music, then learn a routineand keep adding to it throughout the class.
CARDIO LEVEL
2 stars
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
2 stars
MOST EMBARRASSING MOVE
The genre on my night was Mediterranean/African. That meant a lot of booty shaking in front of the class.
CLASSMATES
Women in their forties with a few twentysomethings sprinkled in
OTHER CLASSES OFFERED
Jazz, tap, ballet, modern, African, hip-hop, Zumba and others.—Anna Tarkov

CLASS
Cardio Samba at Solão Fitness and Dance
DESCRIPTION
Follow along as instructor Dill Costa, a Rio de Janeiro native, demonstrates stationary and traveling samba-inspired steps. (She’ll sing and make jokes, too.)
CARDIO LEVEL
4 stars
DIFFICULTY LEVEL
3 stars
MOST EMBARRASSING MOVE
Lose your coordination during some of the faster hip-shaking steps and it’ll look like your ass is having a seizure.
CLASSMATES
A mixed bag in every way except gender (all female, except me)
OTHER CLASSES OFFERED
Zumba, cardio versions of capoeira, kickboxing; multiple takes on hip-hop, Pilates and yoga. —Zachary Whittenburg

BEGINNER TIP
Don’t worry about buying special dance shoes for these classes—usually your old cross-trainers work just fine, or even your bare feet. —Laura Baginski

 

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